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Digest: Tory MP issues plan for all-unitary reform

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Conservative MP Alec Shelbrooke has published a paper on the future of local government, in which he calls for an end to the two-tier system with unitary councils throughout England.

Under his plan, councillors would be elected for five years in single member wards of equal size and the role would become a professional one attracting a salary.

Mr Shelbrooke, MP for Elmet and Rothwell in Yorksire said these reforms could save £70m a year.

He said: “I feel we need to look at a completely new system that consolidates and empowers local government.”

The plan was discussed during a Westmister Hall debate this morning.

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